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Asia Reasserts its Role as the World’s Leading Force

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Although the ordinary reader of the western media would scarcely be aware of it, the rest of the world is making fundamental changes to economic and political relationships. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the greater Eurasian region. This area of land encompasses four of the worlds officially acknowledged eight nuclear armed powers of which the eighth, Israel, is of the region geographically, but through its attitudes, policies and behaviour effectively operate outside the fundamental shift occurring in the region. While not part of those far-reaching changes occurring in the region, Israel actively does its best, as with Syria and Iran, to actively sabotage and undermine the tectonic political shifts that are occurring.

The changing geopolitical world was never more apparent then in the rapid development of civil political and economic groupings that have emerged in the past decade and a half, the existence of, let alone knowledge about, is largely unknown to the inhabitants of most western nations. Insofar as their existence, or at least the activities of two of the most important of these new groupings, Russia and China, are concerned, the western media dialogue where it exists is mostly disparaging, inaccurate and hostile.

A brief survey of these groupings reveals the geographical breadth and their growing political and economic influence. Although not geographically confined to the greater Asian region, that geopolitical entity is economically, and increasingly politically, the central powerhouse of world geopolitical change.

In chronological terms the first of the major groupings was the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) founded in 1961 when the relevant countries were economic minnows in comparative terms. The original 10 countries had a population of about 650 million, but with the addition of the associated states of India and China, plus the Association of Australia and New Zealand it no accounts for about 40% of the worlds population. One of its unusual features is the inclusion of two nations more commonly counted in the US/European political block, Australia and New Zealand, although the latter country has shown more sensitivity and awareness of its geographical and geopolitical realities than Australia.

The second major grouping worthy of mention is the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which........

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